For the greater part of 2007 and 2008, George W. Bush served as then-candidate Barack Obama's punching bag. On the road to the White House, Obama predictably blamed the Bush administration for anything that was going wrong in America. But now it seems that by keeping many of the Bush policies in place, and even expanding some, President Obama is implicitly admitting that Bush was right all along.
The same day that the president announced his re-election campaign, Attorney General Eric Holder did a sharp about-face on the controversial and unpopular decision to try suspected terrorists, most prominently Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, on American soil, possibly even in lower Manhattan. Bringing suspected terrorists to federal court was a proposal, now thankfully doomed, designed to appease the president's far-left base. Obama even signed an executive order to close Gitmo, touting this as a fulfilled campaign promise.
But this most recent reversal was more than a politically necessary flip-flop of someone who must make overtures to the middle. Even though Holder still supports civilian trials for terrorists, his boss all but acknowledged that George W. Bush was correct in not bringing the detainees to the U.S.
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